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Deconstructed wreaths bring holiday cheer with a modern twist

This minimalist approach to the classic winter decoration is super easy to make and can be done in the time it takes to say, “Happy HolidaChrismaKwanzUkkah!”

Plant clippings (We used evergreens and boxwood)
22-gauge floral wire
Embroidery hoop
Needle-nose pliers (you will need wire snippers if they aren’t built in)


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1. Lay the embroidery hoop on a flat surface with the screw at the top. Trim your plants down to a size you like and play around with their placement on the hoop.

2. Once you have a design you like, attach the plants to the hoop using floral wire. Snip about 3" to 4" of floral wire and wrap it tightly around the hoop and plants in the middle of the arrangement. Using the pliers, twist the wire together tightly, snip excess wire off, and press the ends down flat against the hoop so the wire doesn’t poke out.

3. Do this again at the bottom of the plant and about every 1½" going up the foliage, as well as in any places where you need to manipulate the clippings so they lie a certain way.

4. Once you have the plants secured in a position you like, cut about 10" of twine (you can alter this measurement depending on where you want it to hang on your wall or door), knot one end of the twine around the screw, and hang your wreath from a nail or tack.


by Callie Watts
Photographed by Kristen Blush

This article originally appeared in the December/January 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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